Gilberto Santa Rosa
may be available for your next special event!
"El Caballero de la Salsa"
(The Gentleman of Salsa)
Gilberto Santa Rosa was born in Puerto Rico
and started singing and performing at an early age. In 1977, when he
was only 14 years old he was given the opportunity to record. In 1979
he recorded with Orquesta La Grande, directed by Jose Canales. Later
he met Elias Lopes who helped refine him as a singer and brought him
along to various recording dates, where he recorded jingles, and sang
coro in tropical music as well as other genres. That same year,
producer Frankie Gregory gave Gilberto the opportunity to
participate in the recording "Homanaje a
Eddie Palmieri" by
the Puerto Rico All-Stars and in various live shows with this
The 80's were truly the turning point of his career.
He was a member of Tommy Olivenica's band from 1979 to 1981, with whom
he made one recording. Then, in 1981 he joined Willie Rosario's band
with whom he recorded six albums between 1981 and 1986.
In August of 1986, Gilberto Santa Rosa made
his debut as a soloist and director of an orchestra with the help of
Combo Records, Rafael Ithier and producer Ralph Cartagena, for whom he
recorded four albums: "Good Vibrations," "Keeping
"De Amor y Salsa" and "Salsa en Movimiento."
In May of 1990 he debuted in one of the most
important venues of his native Puerto Rico: the Centro de Bellas Artes
in a concert with Luis Enrique.
In the mid-90s, Gilberto Santa Rosa left
Combo Records and joined the CBS label, which today is known as Sony
Discos. His first production for that label was "Punto de
which went platinum. His next albums were 1991's "Perspecitva,"
1993's "A dos tiempos de un tiempo" (an homage to the great
Tito Rodriguez) and 1993's "Nace Aqui," all of which earned
him Gold and Platinum records and other prizes like Agueybana, Paoli,
Haca, Tu Música, Ronda and various nominations at Premio Lo Nuestro.
In 1993, his eight sold-out shows at Centro de
Bellas Artes broke records for tropical artists at that venue. He
performed at the NY Salsa Festival at Madison Square Garden produced
by Ralph Mercado where he earned critical acclaim by the local press.
In addition, he performed at two salsa festivals in Mexico City and
the Festival of Jazz and Latin Music in New Orleans.
At the end of 1994 Gilberto Santa Rosa
released "De Cara Al Viento," a production of 13 songs, and
in them for the first time he added arrangements for strings without
losing his trademark style. "De Cara Al Viento" is an album
that Gilberto himself feels is one of his most complete recordings.
On March 23, 1995, Gilberto became the first Puerto
Rican singer of his generation to perform as a soloist at Carnegie
Hall in New York City, before a full house in a concert titled
"The Man and His Music." This performance was recorded and
later released by Sony under that title.
In 1996, after two years of hard work in the studio,
Gilberto released "Esencia," an album of 12 songs by some of
the best songwriters in the business, including three by Omar Olfano
("Esas Lagrimas," "Siempre Acabo Igual" and "Dolia
Menos") as well as songs by Jorge Luis Piloto ("Yo no te
pido"), Manny Benito ("Me Falto") and the great
Manzanero ("No ha pasado nada").
Hit songs include --
- Conteo Regresivo
- Dejate Querer
- No Quiero Na' Regala'o
- Por Más Que Intento
- Pueden Decir
- Que Alguien Me Diga
- Si Te Dijeron
- Sombra Loca
- Yo No Te Pido
- La Agarro Bajando
- Esas Lágrimas
- Mal Herido
- Un Montón de Estrellas
- Pueden Decir
- Sueños Son
- Te Propongo
- Esa Parte de Mi
- Que Se Lo Lleve el Rio
- La Sigo Amando Tanto
Gilberto Santa Rosa may be available for your next special event!
.Tropical. / xTropical
.Salsa. / xSalsa
.Latin Pop. / LatinPop
x80s, x90s, x00s
Born: ..in Puerto Rico / born nPuertoRico
Born: ..in San Juan / born SanJuanPR
Born: ..in Santurce / born SanturcePR
Born: Aug 21, 1962
Based: ..in Puerto Rico / based nPuertoRico
Based: ..in San Juan area
/ based SanJuanPR